Draycote fishing report w/e 24/11

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As we near to the end of the season, Draycote produced a fantastic days fishing for those that fished the year end Fur and Feather match. A cold start was soon put right for many as the fish were in a taking mood, reflected by the 3.9 rod average for 38 anglers taking part !!

Fish were very soon being caught along the Farborough dam wall (in front of lodge) on sinking lines and fry patterns. This area has been fishing well for weeks now, mainly due to the congregation of fry along the dam. Yvonne Webb and her boat partner took their 16 fish limit to the boat along this dam.

Rainbow Corner also produced a 16 fish boat limit for Bill Pugh and Lee Williams. They fished a combination of sinking lines and fry patterns. Sean Hanlon, who came 2nd on the day, also had his 8 fish bag limit from this area.

Fishery manager Craig Barr took 5 of his 7 fish on a midge tip line, just feet from the Cornfields bank in no less than 3’ of water !! Fish were feeding on tiny midge and snails off the surface and Craig tempted them, including the biggest fish of the competition, a 5lb 11oz rainbow, with a midge tip line, Pitsford pea on the point and 2 diawl bachs on the droppers !

The last week has produced some excellent quality fish, ranging from 3lb to 6lb. Boats have done well with fry patterns fished on lines as deep as a di-5, however those who have fished close to the shores with nymphs have also tempted some excellent quality fish.

We close this coming Saturday, so If you would like to catch some superb quality fish then Draycote is the place to try. There are plenty of fish around, so move around until you come across them, you won’t be disappointed !!! The warmest part of the day has definitely been the best from the bank, 11.30 am 1-30pm as fish have responded to even the smallest of hatches.

Number of Rods 125

Number of fish caught 252

Number of fish returned 70

Rod average 2.5


1)    Bill Pugh 8 fish for 25lb 15

2)    Sean Hanlon 8 fish 25lb 12oz

3)    Lee Patten 8 fish 23lb 12oz

4)    Craig Barr 7 fish 23lb 7oz

5)    Yvonne Webb 8 fish 22lb 14oz


Biggest Fish – Craig Barr 5lb 11oz

Match rod average 3.9


A limited number of season tickets are available for 2014, starting from only £375. They are expected to sell fast so if you are interested in purchasing one then please call the fishing lodge on 01788 812018. Bookings are now also being taken for the 2014 season. So if you are planning a day out by yourself, or would like to hold a club competition, or a bigger event then please call the fishing lodge to book. If you cannot reach us by phone you can book by emailing  draycotefishery@btconnect.com –  we will confirm that we have received your email.

If you are wanting that last minute Christmas present remember you can shop on line with us at www.flyfishstore.co.uk

From all the staff at Draycote Water we hope you have enjoyed your fishing here, and we look forward to seeing you all again next season.


Tight Lines


Craig Barr  www.flashattackflies.com